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John Harrod, Site Director, DuPont Environmental Education Center

1400 Delmarva Lane
Wilmington, DE 19801

https://www.delawarenaturesociety.org/about/people/contact-john-harrod/

302-656-1490

Trail Ambassador

Opportunity Type: Part-Time, Hourly

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Organization Description

Delaware Nature Society’s (DelNature) mission is to connect people with the natural world to improve our environment through education, conservation, and advocacy. We envision a healthy and sustainable environment.  Founded in 1964, DelNature, a state affiliate for the National Wildlife Federation, is renowned for our educational programming, conservation, and advocacy. We provide the tools for communities to take action and promote the health of the environment through land preservation, wildlife protection, and watershed stewardship.

We manage over 2,000 acres of land, including four nature preserves, and operates four educational sites: Ashland Nature Center, Abbott’s Mill Nature Center, DuPont Environmental Education Center, and Coverdale Farm Preserve. Our organizational priorities are comprised of three pillars of engagement focused on:  Working & Natural Lands, Healthy Waters, and Protecting Habitats and Wildlife.

DelNature aspires to be inclusive multicultural organization that celebrates the rich dimensions of diversity and is committed to understanding and addressing where we fall short. Diversity creates an awareness of and acknowledges respect for differences and translates into understanding and valuing of each other’s perspectives. We are committed to building a diverse team and strongly encourage all who are qualified to apply.

Job Description

Under the supervision of the Watershed Education Coordinator, Trail Ambassadors are responsible for engaging the Wilmington community through educational activities, utilizing Southbridge parks and community centers, DEEC, and the Wilmington Riverfront. As ambassadors to their community, they introduce people to their local outdoors including trails, waterways, and environmental center. They attend weekly professional and life skills trainings, trips, teach educational programs to younger youth, and complete community service projects.

Trail Ambassadors Program

Trail Ambassadors is a paid, year-long environmentally focused work program for youth, ages 14-17. The program provides hands-on outdoor work experience, career exploration, leadership development, community outreach, and exposure to environmental advocacy. Delaware Nature Society is dedicated to building a culturally diverse organization and strongly encourages applications from minorities and women. All are welcome to apply; priority will be given to applicants who live in Wilmington. Contact John Harrod, Site Director to learn more.

Responsibilities

  • Engage the Wilmington community, talk with trail users in and around the Riverfront and community parks, lead interactive activities, and provide resources such as maps and flyers.
  • Greet visitors and interpret the natural and cultural history of the Delaware River Watershed in the nature center.
  • Lead or assist with environmental education programming at DEEC and in the community.
  • Attend community events such as civic meetings and festivals.
  • Complete two community service projects: one group project in the summer and one individual project during the school year.
  • Attend weekly trainings to learn personal and professional life skills such as advocacy, financial literacy, communication, and watershed education.
  • Participate in learning activities and excursions designed to increase watershed education and leadership skills.
  • Participate in after-school programming from September 2021 – May 2022.
  • Keep a reflective journal, describing experiences and activities.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Willingness to work in the outdoors and interest in learning outdoors topics.
  • Have a team-focused and positive attitude; willing to learn and try new things.
  • Responsible, dependable, and flexible.
  • Ability to work through and solve challenges; patience with challenging situations.
  • Occasional evening and weekend hours required.
  • Able to lead walks through varied terrain; willingness to learn kayaking and canoeing.
  • Able or willing to learn to ride a bicycle along the Markell Trail, Wilmington Riverfront, and in the Southbridge community.
  • Must be able to get to and from work; bus passes provided upon request.
  • Age 14-17 by June 1, 2021 start date.
  • Must be able to work Monday – Friday, 10am-3pm from June – August 2021.
  • Must be able to work during after school hours from September 2021 – May 2022.

Essential Dates

Interviews: May 3, 2021 – May 14, 2021

Salary and Benefits

This position pays $10/hour. Trail Ambassadors will serve 25 hours/week from June – August 2021 and 20 hours/month from September 2021 – May 2022.

Applicants Must Submit